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Ruling on suspicious fire expected
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Monday, 22 February 2010 10:10

A ruling by the Ohio Fire Marshal’s office on the cause of a fire that destroyed a restaurant at the Stony Ridge Inn, Latcha Road, was expected by last Thursday.

Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer described the fire as “suspicious” in origin and said Thursday afternoon that the Fire Marshal told him an announcement was pending.

He said someone at the nearby motel and passersby reported the fire about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday.

The kitchen area of the restaurant was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Seven area fire departments responded and were able to get the blaze under control in about two hours but were at the scene for several more hours to battle “hot spots,” the chief said.

“The restaurant is completely destroyed,” Chief Hummer said. “The bar and banquet areas suffered water and smoke damage.”

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms have also been called in to assist with the investigation.

One firefighter was slightly injured when he slipped on ice, the chief said, but there were no serious injuries reported.

 
Income tax request: Genoa schools to be on May ballot
Written by Larry Limpf   
Friday, 19 February 2010 09:48

The Genoa school board has approved a resolution to place a 1 percent income tax request on the May ballot.
 
Superintendent Dennis Mock said the district will face a deficit of about $1 million by June 30, 2012 if revenues don’t increase or expenditures aren’t reduced.
 
A 1 percent income tax would only be levied on earned income and not on pensions, interest or dividends, Social Security or disability benefits, or child support payments.
 
Mock said the income tax would roughly approximate 5.3 mills in property taxes in revenues.
 
Board members plan to use their next meeting to come up with a strategy for not seeking the renewal of some existing millage on residents’ tax bills.

 
Ballot issue this year for Lake schools?
Written by Larry Limpf   
Friday, 19 February 2010 09:49

For some insight into how the area’s housing market is faring Jeff Carpenter need look no further than the local property tax receipts for the Lake Local School District.
 
It’s not a pretty picture: In fiscal year 2008, which began July 1, 2007, the district received about $6.2 million – roughly $685,000 more than the year before. But by fiscal year 2009 a drop in local tax revenue had begun and by the end of the year the district received only $6.04 million.
 
In the first half of fiscal year 2010, the district is $16,372 below where it was in 2009 in local revenues.
 
“The county auditor is telling us that property tax delinquencies among homeowners are three times higher than normal,” Carpenter, the school district’s treasurer, said last week. “It’s been showing up in our revenues and I’m sure other districts are seeing the same thing.”

 
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